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sydnie kohara. time now almost 6:00. let's start with a quick check of weather and traffic. first to lawrence, who is talking about a wet start to our day. >> looks like we have a storm brewing out there right now. clouds gathering. it's a good day to keep the umbrella handy because as we head into the middle of the day we'll see rain around the bay area today. the temperatures going to be noticeably cooler. highs only today in the 50s and 60s. more storms after that. we'll talk about that in a minute. right now let's get a traffic check with gianna. >> thank you, lawrence. we are monitoring this accident in burlingame north 101 at dore avenue. a fatal accident involving a motorcyclist. traffic is really backed up. three left lanes blocked until further notice. backed up to 92. not affecting 92 off the san mateo bridge but they activated the signs if you are heading out of hayward to foster city trying to get to peninsula on 101 use 280 instead. more details on the accident coming up. right now back to you guys. >> thank you.
the deadline is here but governor jerry brown has asked lawmakers to delay today's vote on his budget plan. christin ayers is in oakland with how the standoff could now impact bay area schools. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. governor brown said all along that his plan would spare schools billions in budget cuts but now he is asking for a delay on a vote, specifically so that he can garner support from republicans to try and reach a deal. let's take a look at some of the numbers, what he is looking at with his budget. he is trying to close a $25 billion deficit and his budget would make $12.5 billion in cuts and then generate $12 billion in revenue through a series of tax extensions that voters would have to approve in a special election. >> what i'm asking people is not to vote for cuts or taxes but to let the people decide what it is they want. what is the vision of
california? >> reporter: if the plan is not approved, education could face $5 billion in funding cuts at its board meeting on wednesday night oakland unified school district braced for those kinds of cuts by finalizing hundreds of pink slips sent to oakland teachers and administrators. if brown's budget is not approved the district could cut up to 500 positions. parents at last night's meet were livid. governor brown is signifying he may have some leverage and may be able to convince some republicans to come to his side on this budget. back to you. >> thank you, christin ayers live in oakland. students over at cal are being warned to be on alert today. police are looking for a man who exposed himself and sexually assaulted a girl on campus on tuesday night. campus police say the girl was walking in a eucalyptus grow at
berkeley just before 11:00 when she saw the man following her. she told campus police the man grabbed her shoulder and touched her inappropriately. she screamed. that man then took off. the suspect is in his early 20s, about 5'10", 165 pounds, last seen wearing a red baseball cap and a black puffy jacket and jeans. more drug and robbery cases could still be dropped because of accusations of police misconduct in san francisco. district attorney george gascon has dropped 57 cases so far. they are all linked to eight officers under investigation for raiding hotel rooms without warrants. hotel cameras caught a team of police officers conducting drug searches. the officers are accused of falsifying police reports about what really happened. so all those cuts caltrain has been talking about, well, guess what. they may not be necessary. anne makovec in san francisco with a plan to deal with caltrain's budget shortfall.
good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yeah. the elimination of those proposed cuts would certainly be good news for folks here at the caltrain station behind me because widespread concerns since caltrain started talking about this several weeks ago. overnight, the head of the metropolitan transportation commission has said that his agency may be willing to float caltrain enough money to get it through to 2012 where it could have a measure on the ballot that could ask taxpayers to help subsidize the trains. if that does not happen, caltrain has been talking about some serious cuts, cutting the number of weekday trains almost in half from 86 to 4. they would run only during commute hours on weekdays. no weekend service. caltrain also considering shutting down service at seven stations, as well as all services south of san jose, and cutting special trains like those to baseball trains or big events. riders obviously very concerned about how this would affect
them. >> if we lose the midday service i'm going to be in trouble. sometimes i have to work late. if we lose the evening service i'm going to have trouble. >> it makes it give for individuals to get to doctor, social events, to do the things that normal people do. >> right now caltrain is looking at a record budget deficit of $30 million for this fiscal year. they are planning on voting next month on these cuts and they could go into effect as soon as july unless this metropolitan transportation commission is going to come through with this money. now a lot of riders have said they would be willing to pay more to keep the service. we are going to hear from some caltrain riders i just spoke with here coming up in the next half hour. >> have to get it to work one way or another. anne makovec live in san francisco. thank you. time 6:05. time for another check of weather. first our -- and traffic. let's go first to lawrence. >> don't forget traffic! >> absolutely. >> we'll get there.
yeah, the weather today, got some big changes coming. you know, yesterday was almost spring-like around the bay area. we did have a few clouds across the skies but today a cold front moving us like back towards winter again as things will get wet around the bay area. not the biggest storm we have ever seen but could see upto .4" in the north bay, tenth in the bay area, two-tenths in the santa cruz mountains. showers around the bay area later on this morning into the middle of the day. temperatures will be noticeably cooler outside. plan on highs only in the 50s and 60s. we have more storms lining up after that. right now gianna has traffic. >> lawrence, it is a busy drive already this morning. we have this major accident right now in san mateo. they did change the location north 101 at dore. we are seek a big backup.
three left lanes are blocked until further notice for the investigation. in the meantime use 280 as an alternate. that's your best bet. if you are close to 101, use el camino. lots of stop lights delays there, as well. go to 280 on the 101. dore avenue three left lanes blocked. 92 looking good. you might run into delays heading north 101. back to you guys. a man's ashes stolen from a bay area church. this morning, the phone call giving new hope in the case. plus, did a local hockey team throw a game? you can decide for yourself here. the video leading to suspensions and some pretty serious threats, as well. and superhero or villain? charlie sheen's new starring role. ,, t thmirrs aladjued?yocan e evy?
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thank you, lawrence. for the first time this morning, we're hearing from a teenager who survived the san bruno pipeline explosion. 19-year-old joseph ruigomez attended a memorial last night marking the six-month anniversary of the blast. ruigomez says he was watching a football game when the gas pipeline blew up just yards away. his girlfriend, jessica morales, was sitting right next to him and died instantly. >> just for that to be stripped away is just -- it's worse than any injuries. i don't care about any of the injuries i have right now, nothing about that. all that's on my mind is how much i miss my girlfriend. >> ruigomez suffered burns on his face and his midsection and has been receiving treatment at saint francis hospital ever since. police have recovered one of the two urns containing a man's ashes stolen from an alameda church. police say a thief took a backpack with the urns inside last saturday during a memorial
service. yesterday a man contacted the church saying he found one of the urns near the park street bridge. the second urn is still missing the reward for a hate crime in sacramento has passed $40,000. two men in traditional beards and turbans were shot while walking in elk grove last friday. one died, the other still in critical condition. police say the two elderly victims might have been perceived as muslims because of their appearance. 6:12 now. one bay area city fighting a prostitution surge. why some are crying foul over a controversial plan. >> plus, the political life of sarah palin set to hit the small screen. the oscar winning actress who will star as alaska's former governor. who will it be? coming up. >> and we have chopper 5 over the scene. look at this backup on 101. this is due to an accident, one fatality. more details coming up, again major delays 101 in san mateo. ,,,,
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in the legislature to delay the vote. he needs two republican votes in each house before he can get a special election for tax extension in june. a bill to restrict collective bargaining rights is expected to go to the governor of wisconsin today after a vote by the state assembly. state senate republicans dropped financial portions of the bill yesterday and passed it without democratic votes. and more pressure on libyan leader moammar qaddafi as rebels get official recognition from france. the rebels are also hitting pro government forces on the road to tripoli now. doctors in libya say they are seeing a sharp increase in casualties especially among civilians. good morning. we have been monitoring this breaking traffic news out of san mateo where three left lanes are blocked on northbound 101. you're looking live right now at chopper 5. this is right at dore avenue. it is an accident involving a motorcyclist that is reported as a fatality according to chp. and you can just see that
backup. it is building. again the three left lanes are blocked until further notice. that only leaves the right lane getting by right now and a sea of cars out there. give yourself some extra time if you are headed out the door. right now delays just beyond 92 at this point. it may also affect your drive coming off the san mateo bridge depending on how long this investigation continues. fatal accident northbound 101 in san mateo at dore avenue. blocked lanes so use alternates. on the maps i'll show you 280. 280 is probably the best bet to get around the mess on 101. 65 miles per hour as you work your way either direction along 280 through san mateo. on the san mateo bridge, again right now we're not seeing a major delay but they did activate the cms signs so expect delays off the bridge into foster city and especially if you are taking 101. transit always a good chase. bart, ace, muni and caltrain all on time. right now, no delays at the bay bridge. actually one of our bright spots right now. they have not turned on the metering lights. looks like we are just seeing some extra volume approaching the cash lanes so that's typical this time of the
morning. coming off the eastshore freeway, everything good through berkeley. altamont pass busy westbound 580 to 680. we are seeing some slight delays. highway 4 also slow on the westbound side through antioch mostly around a street at least to somersville. and if you are working way along 680, you might see some activity there on the southbound side near sunol. we have a small grassfire there over to the right shoulder. fire crews are on scene. doesn't like like it's too big a probable -- doesn't look like it's too big a problem. through the south bay 237, 880 actual looking good. remember our radio partners, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. let check your forecast. here's lawrence. >> gianna, we have changes coming our way as storm clouds are going to be headed in for today bringing us some showers back. but right now not too bad. overlooking the bay now just getting up, thinking hey there's no rain coming? folks, we have a cold front that's starting to make its way into california and bringing with it some rain later on this morning so clouds will start to pour in before you know it talking about the possibility
of some rain. temperatures running in the 40s and 50s, couple of patches of fog out there, too, toward the middl of the day rain prospects increase, showers in the afternoon, temperatures cooler in the 50s and 60s today. rainfall now at crescent city is sliding southward. we are going to catch the southern half of the storm system. not a huge storm but likely going to see that rain developing through the latter part of the morning and the middle of the day. behind that we may catch a little bit of a break. there are more storms. going to keep things unsettled. bring your umbrella, we have rain from the north bay stretching down along the peninsula. scattered showers this afternoon. things unsettled and wet today. be prepared and much cooler temperatures bring a sweater with you maybe a light jacket as temperatures only in the 50s and the mid-60s in the warmest
parts of the dre. next couple of days, well, tomorrow looks gray dry with partly cloudy skies. showers late in the day on saturday, rain sunday around the rest of the bay area and things unsettled and wet toward the middle of the week. that's a look at weather, guys. back to y . a proposal to cut down the number of medical marijuana dispensaries cleared a key hurdle. a plan was forwarded to the full council for april 12 to reduce the number of pot clubs and businesses from 110 to about 10 in san jose and restrict where they operate. people in vallejo are looking for ways now to curb prostitution. it is a growing problem and many people are fed up. a citizens prostitution task force appointed by the mayor has come up with a number of
suggestions including cameras at key location and johns photographs would be located on a billboard directing people it a website where they can be identifyed. >> some of the solutions that have been proposed by the mayor's task force are good solutions and probably will go a long way to curbing some of this behavior. >> reporter: do you think these men would care if they were identified? >> no, they don't care. they don't care. only thing they would care about is that they wife don't see 'em. >> another proposal calls for more penalties for women convicted of prostitution. 6:21 the time. a bay area hockey team accused of throwing a game and now there are suspensions even threats of violence. >> it's that first step. you suspend somebody. you have an investigation. you get to hear both sides of the story. >> see the video that started all of the drama. ,, i love america,
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good morning. chopper 5 is live over the scene of a major problem in san mateo. a fatal accident has shut down the three left lanes of north 101 right at dore avenue. now, the backup as you can see from chopper 5 is extending beyond 92 at this point. if you are just heading out the door, use 280 as an alternate. even el camino will be your best bet. major delays along 101. we'll continue to monitor this situation all morning long. right now, back to you.
>> i would call that gridlock. thank you, gianna. an amateur hockey team is now being accused of losing a game on purpose, possibly to affect matchups in their upcoming play-offs. santa clara blackhawks is a team of 15 and 16-year-olds who played san diego two weeks ago. the blackhawks in white never took a shot on goal and when san diego took a shot, the goalie just let it go on by. now the california amateur hockey association has suspended the blackhawk coaches. >> it's that first step. you suspend somebody. you have an investigation. you get to hear both sides of the story. you get to hear the whole story. >> the teenagers haven't been suspended but somebody has started a facebook page called i hate the santa clara blackhawks that has 120 members already. for the record, a member of the blackhawks is the son of a cbs 5 on-air personality. an oscar winner will play sarah palin in a new hbo movie.
actress julianne moore is signed on to star in mama grizzly. hbo says the movie will focus on republican senator john mccain's losing campaign including his last-minute decision to tap sarah palin as his running mate. all right. actor charlie sheen, we have to do a story a day lately, charlie sheen's life is being turned into a comic book. >> the title for the 32-page biocomic, infamous charlie sheen. there you go. winning. the comic strip will attract the actor's career path to his current public outburst the last week. sheen's battle with drugs, alcohol, will also be included as well. the comic won't be released until the summer. they will have to write another one because i'm sure has a few more chapters to write before. >> i feel bad for him now. i feel like now people are profiting off him and -- >> last week it was somewhat interesting because you watched this guy unravel. now it's pathetic. >> yeah. it's getting scary. >> it is. well, the time now is 6:26. a rash of burglaries on the
peninsula. what thieves are stealing and what all the cars have in common. >> plus the celebrity chef's stolen lamborghini spotted in the bay area. where video surveillance captured the ritzy ride. and why governor brown is pushing a budget vote back and what the impact could be on public schools. and you have heard the stories of doom and gloom. caltrain is in a fiscal emergency and that could really affect riders. well, turns out that may not necessarily be the case. we'll explain when we come back. and it doesn't look bad now, folks, but bring that umbrella if you are headed out. we have a chance of some rainfall today. we'll talk about that coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. good morning. it is thursday, march 10. i'm elizabeth wenger. sydnie is off this morning. >> i'm frank mallicoat. the time is 6:30. we are going to start with traffic right now. a deadly accident down in san mateo on the 101. gianna, what can you tell us? >> reporter: i can tell you to avoid the 101, that's for sure. in fact, let's go live right now to chopper 5. this is causing a really bad backup actually here on a very serious accident, one fatality. northbound 101 at dore avenue. chp shut down the three left lanes and i just checked in with them, they say it's probably going to be closed for
another hour so we are seeing maybe 7:15, 7:30 as hopefully when they plan to re-open at least a couple of lanes there to help ease the congestion there. but you can see traffic is just bumper to bumper backed up to 92 and building so avoid 101 if you can. again, the accident is north 101 at dore. if you live along the peninsula, use el camino or hop on the freeway and take surface streets until you get past the wreck. the rest of 101 isn't too bad. you can 280 on the maps, actually problem-free in both directions. chp is also advising to use 280 instead. of course we'll continue to monitor this and we'll check the bay bridge next but right now here's lawrence with the forecast. >> we have some clouds on the way not a bad start if you head out the door right now. it's dry and you're saying, hey, we're looking pretty good but we do have a storm that's headed in our direction. you want to carry the rain gear with you, the umbrella, rain jacket. the storm likely to drop in about the middle of the day. expecting showers and cooler around the bay area. we'll have more on that coming
up in a few minutes. that's the latest. back to you. >> thank you. it looks like california's big budget battle is heading into overtime. governor brown has asked democratic leadership to delay today's vote and christin ayers tells us bay area schools are preparing for the worst as they wait for the legislature to make up their minds. she joins us now live. good morning, christin. >> reporter: good morning, frank. the vote as you said, was supposed to happen today. but governor brown asking for that delay to give him time to try and garner some more republican support, who are currently opposing his plan. meanwhile oakland schools bracing for a possible worst- case scenario. let's look at what brown's plan would do. he is trying to close a $25 billion deficit and attempting to do that by making 12.5 billion dollars in cuts and generating $12 billion in revenue through a series of tax stock exchanges that voters would have to -- tax extensions
that voters would have to approve in a special election in june. without that education could face $5 billion in budget cuts. at the wednesday board meeting oakland unified school district finalized hundreds of pink slips sent out to oakland teachers and administrators. if brown's budget is not approved, the district could be looking at cutting up to 500 positions and parents at last night's meeting were not happy with hearing that. >> you're talking about cutting 550 positions. i can just imagine what that is going to look like for a student going to school. >> reporter: republicans have been reluctant to put those tax extensions before voters. brown is hoping, you have to think, to try and shore up some support from them and change some minds there. we'll have to wait to hear from the legislature on whether they will give him more time to do that. frank? >> christin ayers, live in oakland, thank you. well, police are searching for a man who exposed himself
and sexually assaulted a girl on the uc-berkeley campus. it happened on tuesday night. that's according to the daily californian. campus police say the girl was walking in a eucalyptus grove just before 11:00 when she saw a man following her. she told campus police. that man then grabbed her shoulder and touched her inappropriately. she screamed and that man took off. the suspect is in his early 20s, about 5'10", 165 pounds. he was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, a black puffy jacket and some jeans. some good news now for thousands of commuters who take caltrain. the agency may actually be agent avoid those massive cuts we have been talking about and fare hikes. anne makovec is in san francisco with more on the possible solutions. good morning, anne. >> reporter: good morning. the head of the metropolitan transportation commission says overnight that he may able to help caltrain save itself at least through 2012 when they can get a measure on the ballot
asking voters to help fund caltrain. in the meantime, there have been gloom and doom stories about cutting caltrain, cutting the number of weekday trains in half from 86 to 48. they would only run during the commute hours on weekdays, no weekend service. caltrain is also considering shutting down service at 7 stations as well as all service south of san jose and cutting trains like those to baseball games or big events. so we have been talking about those cuts for weeks now. it's been very frightening to a lot of riders. and when i spoke to some this morning, they were still skeptical that the money would be found. >> from where? where are you going to find it from? taxpayers pay too much anyway as it is. you know? there is going to be a time when we say enough is enough. something has to give. >> something has to be done. in this case, something is better than nothing. >> reporter: now, we have also heard from a lot of caltrain riders saying that they would
be willing to pay more so that these service cuts could be avoided, although prices already rose on january 1st. caltrain is the only local transportation agency here in the bay area that does not have a dedicated source of revenue, i.e., a tax. so if vote's prove it, that would obviously help float the organization but in the meantime we'll see if the metropolitan transportation commission does indeed come up with that temporary loan money. elizabeth. >> thank you, anne makovec live for us this morning in san francisco. commuters having a tough time down on the peninsula. there is a fatal accident on the 101. let check in with gianna and get the latest. >> reporter: traffic is definitely building through here pretty much a parking lot in some spots. looking live from chopper 5 at this accident. one person is dead. north 101 at dore avenue, three left lanes are blocked. i talked to chp about 15 minutes ago and they said they
hope to have everything opened by 7:30. right now the damage is done. you're seeing a line of cars all the way beyond 92 at this point. use 280 as an alternate. might affect your drive on the san mateo bridge at some point. we'll show you a live look at the san mateo bridge. traffic still okay but they have the cms sign activated so you might see some delays as you come off the bridge through foster city. now, the bay bridge the metering lights are on and traffic is really stacked up at least to 880 at this point. let's check your forecast. here's lawrence. we have some clouds that are headed toward the bay area. and well, probably couple of raindrops too in the not too distant future. it's a quiet start no rain. but in the middle of the day here comes the rain. we are catching the trailing edge of the storm system so not going to be a complete washout
but it's going to be wet quarter inch along the peninsula and the temperatures going to be noticeably cooler all around the bay area today, plan on highs only in the 50s and the 60s. more storms coming we'll have more on that in a bit. here's elizabeth. police are gathering evidence after four rental cars were broken into in palo alto. it happened along el camino real last night. both within an hour. laptops were stolen from the two cars outside restaurants. charges could be dropped because of accusations of police misconduct in san francisco. district attorney george gascon has dropped 57 cases so far linked to officers linked to investigations of raiding hotel rooms without warrants. hotel cameras caught a team of police officers conducting the drug searches. the officers are accused of
falsifying police reports about what really happened. it is 6:38. it's a battle over free speech on the internet. house republicans are pushing to give phone and cable companies unrestricted power over the internet. kcbs radio's matt bigler on what it would mean for us. matt, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, frank. yeah, we're talking about net neutrality which is fairly complicated concept. but i'm going to try to break it down for you. so let's first of all rewin the clock to last december when the fcc passed new rules that essentially prevent internet providers -- companies like your comcast, like yourat&t, from blocking or restricting access to website. that's a concept known as net neutrality. fast forward the clock. yesterday, house republicans on the subcommittee voted to toss out those new rules and defund
the fcc making it essentially impossible for the fcc to enforce net neutrality rules. republicans claim that the net neutrality is overregulating the internet. as you can imagine, democrats are not happy about this. we spoke with congresswoman who represents silicon valley. she says it's essential for high-tech innovation. >> the startups that have developed into successful economic enterprises in silicon valley would have just been crushed in their infancy if net neutrality had not been the rule of the land. >> even if the gop bill passes through the committee, it still has to pass the full house, the senate and get a signature from president obama who has said that he supports these new fcc rules so this is still a work in progress. even if it does not pass, the net neutrality rule still faces legal challenges from both verizon and metro pcs.
they are currently suing to overturn them in federal court. that's the latest from silicon valley. back to you guys. >> the battle has just begun. okay, kcbs radio's matt bigler, thank you. the time now 6:40. who wants to be a billionaire? the new list of the world's richest people coming up. plus, it's the battle of the discount, target versus wal- mart. which chain gives you more bang for the buck? >> and the market just opened up about 10 minutes ago. let's take a quick peek at the numbers. wow. not good. and the dow is down big time right out of the gate. we'll get an update as to why from jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. he is coming up. the internet on a plane! are you from the future? um, no. cleveland. listen cleveland, your savings account is stuck in the past! earn more with interestplus savings at capitalone.com.
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don't be big tobacco's next victim. good morning. we continue to follow this breaking traffic news out of nature is where one person is dead following an accident. this is north 101 right at dore avenue. chp and investigators are on scene there conducting this investigation. it's involving a car and a motorcycle. it happened in the 5:00 hour and we are seeing a big backup as a result. the three left lanes are blocked. this is northbound 101 at dore avenue as you head into san mateo and as chopper 5 pans back we'll show you how bad
this backup is, backed to hillsdale avenue so major gridlock. give yourself some extra time out the door. use 280 as an alternate to 101. that's probably the best bet this morning. if you are coming off the san mateo bridge, as well, the 92, all the way to 280, that will get you around this mess over on 101. now, over to the maps, if you're taking 280 it's green in both directions no delays through there. we are keeping our eye on the san mateo bridge as well because this would affect your drive out of hayward into foster city. right now we are still seeing 14 minutes. these are folks heading into the foster city area. they did activate the cms signs so head up. you can use mass transit. we'll check that in a second. the metering lights are on, backed up to west grand, 20 minutes from the carquinez bridge to the maze, sluggish across the upper deck. marin county problem-free. no delays along the golden
gate bridge. livermore trouble spot westbound 580 at flynn a crash on the right shoulder. that's a look at the traffic. here's lawrence with the forecast. >> gianna, we did see some sunshine in those camera shots. don't let that fool you. we have storm clouds out there. they are to the north over the bay looking good the sun coming up looking like a nice day out the door. bring that umbrella with you. things will be changing throughout the morning hours and into the middle of the day w in a in mind, there are a couple of patches of valley fog around the bay area. temperatures in the 40s and 50s by the middle of the day, talking about rain showers like will go into the afternoon. temperatures cooler running into the 50s and 60s. so yup, we have storm clouds brewing and here it is, we have already got some rain showers far northern california. this is going to be moving southward into the bay area throughout the day today. so rain likely to develop a little later on. if you have lunchtime plans, plan on rainfall from santa rosa through the napa valley
possibly stretching into concord down along the peninsula as well and in the afternoon it begins to stretch apart somewhat so we are going to see more scattered showers toward the latter part of the day so not a wet commute on the way home but boy, it's going to be wed in the middle of the day. temperatures in the 50s and 60s in the south bay, east bay temperatures also going to be much cooler than yesterday. we had a couple of 70s. 72 degrees in concord yesterday. it will be 10 degrees cooler for today. numbers in the north bay 50s maybe couple low 60s. it's going to be much cooler and wet. drying out tomorrow. chance of a few more scattered showers north of the golden gate bridge on saturday. everybody has another chance of rain as we look towards sunday. that's a look at weather, guys. back to you. >> all righty, lawrence. it is 6:47. a big, big drop in the market already this morning. >> yeah. let's get straight as to jay jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. not a day for the squeamish on wall street.
starting in a deep hole off economic news in the u.s. the dow lower by 190 points after the labor department reported that first time weekly jobless claims spiked higher by 26,000 last week to 397,000. that was a much bigger-than- expected increase, although with the four-week average at 392,000 below 400,000 that's still indicating an uptick in hiring. other piece of news not helping is the u.s. trade deficit. in january, it hit a six-month high of up 15% to $46.3 billion, exports out stripping imports from rising oil prices mainly. that was before oil prices skyrocketed in just the past few weeks with all of the unrest in the middle east. couple of other reasons for the market dropping this morning, coming from overseas. china turned in a surprising trade deficit in february of over $7 billion. and that's got some worries that that will lessen the incentive for china to loosen its currency against the dollar. that's something the white
house has been pressing for. china less likely to do that if it's seeing that it's starting to lose money, it's also having to pay more for oil. also, moody's downgraded spain's credit rating so that has the dollar trading higher against the euro, bad news for u.s. exporters. adding up to a rough day on wall street. right now dow down 160, nasdaq down 42, s&p is off by 18. going to be another roller coaster kind of day. >> tough sled there. only open 19 minutes. >> reporter: we have several hours to go, maybe it little prove. but not looking good at the moment. >> all right. jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com, thank you. and time now is 6:49. time for a look at what's coming up later this morning on "the early show." >> and we do that with our good friend chris wragge who joins us nice and bright and early although it's not so early out your way, chris. good morning. >> reporter: not as early as it is out your way. but good morning, frank.
good to see you, elizabeth. sorry you drew the short straw today and had to sit next to frank this morning. [ laughter ] >> kidding, of course. we love him. coming up, republicans stage a surprise late night vote in wisconsin stripping public workers of collective bargaining without a democrat in the room. we'll be in wisconsin at the state capital as thousands protest. she was told she never would walk again now the story of a bride who is determined to do that and walk down the aisle after a horrible crash left her paralyzed. really an amazing story. >> and you have heard of the 7- year itch? what about the three-year glitch? we are going to look at what makes romances fizzle and how you can keep the spark alive, right here on "the early show" in a couple of minutes. keeping that spark alive. >> love it. i have to stay tuned for that. i have no idea how you do that. [ laughter ] >> i know. >> you need to watch and you need to take notes, elizabeth. >> what was that, chris? i missed that. >> you need to watch and then you need to take notes because this is important information. >> i will. [ laughter ] >> i have been talking in between the breaks. i'm trying to help her out.
>> yeah. >> oh, yes, just what she needs. >> he is getting my life story in the commercial breaks. you guys kind of look alike. has anyone ever said that? >> don't give away too much to frank. [ laughter ] >> i think we're done chris. i'm getting a big wrap. >> i'm sure. >> see you at 7:00. >> you guys look alike. >> eh. >> long lost brothers. [ laughter ] >> i'm the older version. >> they are telling me to wrap. all right. [ laughter ] where you can really save more, target or wal-mart? a retail consulting firm compared 35 brand name items sold at both stores things such as milk, cereal, health and beauty items, clothing and furniture, target was $269..13, about $2 cheaper than wal-mart. the consulting firm says this is the first time in four years target maintained a price advantage over wal-mart.
a lamborghini stolen in a sophisticated heist has been spotted in marin county. police say video surveillance captured the car which belongs to celebrity chef guy fieri in tiburon on tuesday. the video shows the car leaving the town a short time later. police think the thief rappelled from the roof of the dealership in san francisco on tuesday morning to get the $200,000 car. >> probably in ukiah by now, right? forbes has released its list of the richest people on earth and mexico's telecommunications tycoon carlos slim retains the number one spot at $74 billion. bill gates now number 2, folks, $56 billion. but he gave a lot of money away. and warren buffett follows with $50 billion. there are just over 1200 billionaires in the world according to forks. would you settle for a million. >> i would settle for a million. good with that.
lawmakers to postpone today's vote still no end in sight for california's budget crisis. governor jerry brown has asked lawmakers to postpone today's vote on the budget plan. christin ayers now with what that means for bay area schools. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. governor brown asking for that delay specifically so that he can try and build support amongst republicans for his budget plan, which he has said would spare schools billions of dollars in cuts. still, schools like oakland unified preparing backup plans to try to deal with any possible cuts. wednesday night the district approved pink slips for hundreds of people. it could mean massive job cuts district wise if the budget isn't approved. some parents are fed up with some of the cuts.
lawmakers were supposed to vote on the budget today. but the governor asking democrats and the legislature to delay the vote to give him time to get republican support for the plan. the sticking point is a set of tax extensions expected to generate $12 billion in revenue if approved by voters in a special election. republicans have been reluctant to put that issue before voters and governor brown seeming to signify he thinks he can get some republican support to get the budget approved. >> thank you, christin ayers live for us this morning in oakland. police are looking for a man who exposed himself and sexually assaulted a girl on the uc-berkeley campus. it happened tuesday night according to the daily californian. campus police say a man followed the girl into a eucalyptus grove. he allegedly grabbed her shoulder and touched her inappropriately. the suspect in his early 20s about 5'10", 165 pounds. he was last seen wearing a red
baseball cap, a black puffy jacket and jeans. time now 6:57. let's get right to gianna franco with a look at traffic. huge backups this morning along the peninsula. >> yeah. and unfortunately, no relief yet. in fact, those three left lanes are still blocked. you're looking at live pictures from chopper 5 of a vehicle and motorcycle tangled up here. this is a fatal accident, one person dead. traffic is backed up, three left lanes blocked north 101 at dore avenue in san mateo. last check, traffic was backed up at least to hillsdale. chp is hoping to have the investigation wrapped up at least by 7:15, 7:30. of course, if this continues, you do not want to take 101 this morning. use 280. if you cut across 92 to 280 to 380 to get back into san francisco you will save up to 20 minutes. so that's the best both to avoid delays on 101. san mateo bridge okay but again, as you head into foster city, you can see as you take 101 you will run into all these delays through there. we have a backup at the bay bridge toll plaza at least to west grand. the metering lights are on. mass transit is always a good
choice. lawrence has the forecast. >> thank you. bring the umbrella with you today. could be a little wet outside right now. we are starting out dry. we have a couple of patches of fog out there and a few clouds moving by. as we head to the middle of the day we are talking about a chance of rain developing in the bay area, showers continuing into the afternoon. temperatures going to be noticeably cooler. the 50s and 60s. dry for tomorrow. but as we head toward the weekend, becoming more unsettled again, chance of showers late in the day north of the golden gate bridge. hey, got a nice picture for you today this one coming from montera beach from patricia whitaker. love to see the pictures. send your pictures to email@example.com. back to you. >> thank you. thank you, lawrence. an added perk to your morning cup of coffee. for women, anyway. >> couple of cups a day could reduce your risk of stroke. that's according to a study reported from the journal of the american heart association. researchers looked at more than 34,000 women over 10 years. those who had multiple cups of coffee every day but no more than 5, elizabeth, re